Circle of 6: A New App for Personal Safety
One of the pieces of advice given to folks when they’re out on a date (especially a first date) is to have a safe call. That’s a friend who knows where you are and who you call at the end of the date so they know you’re safe. The idea is that if you don’t call by a certain time, they get help. There are refinements, like having a code word so that if you’re in trouble, you can seem like you’re telling them you’re ok but you’re really asking for help, and such.
Now, there’a a free iphone app that takes it a bit further. Circle of 6 is a free app that will text your six chosen people, with a few options. You can have them call you and pretend they need you, in order to interrupt whatever’s going on. You can ask them for a ride, and it sends them your location. And you can contact either of two pre-programmed national hotlines or a local emergency number of your choice. The great thing about it is that once you open the app, it just takes two touches to summon help, so it’s a lot faster than calling or texting. Plus, if you’re in a relationship that seems sketchy to you, you can also use the app to access a lot of great online resources about healthy relationships.
You can get the app for free on iTunes here. It’s such an easy one to use and I’m really impressed with how well they thought it out. Pass it on!
Here’s a demo video about how to use the app: